What could this:
Possibly have in common....well yes Andi was there both times. But they are in fact, the same river! It was Andi's idea to explore a rite of passage for Minnesotans, a trip to Itasca State Park and the Headwaters of the Mighty Mississip. (A gift from Minnesota - you are welcome, America! )
The weather was a bit funky, but at 5500 we were above some lower scud and over the top for about 10 min. Here Andi studies something intently....
The approach to Itasca obscured by the heavy smoke from out west - not the greatest pics this trip.....
Headwaters from the air:
Once we landed, Andi makes the ritual crossing with some friends:
It was a fun place with lots of kids:
The hiking trails were full of quiet solitude:
Some cool sights along the way.....
And great views of the lake.....
We finished the trip with a large Turtle Parfait from Dairyland in Bagley, MN
as recommended by Colleen at City Hall - she also confirmed the car was in working order for us.
Nice little airport in Bagley, smooth strip, nice lounge with clean bathrooms, and cold A/C. No fuel, so plan accordingly. The park is an easy 30 min drive south. The park was impressive, bigger and better than we imagined. We both loved it and recommend the trip!